mariaaltaf26:

Doors around the World

Montmartre, Paris

Burano, Italy

Japan

Beijing, China

Rabat, Morocco

Bali, Indonesia

Sardinia, Italy

Shanghai, China

(Source: fancyadance, via lettersfromtitan)

Tags: Doors Art

notaloneintheuniverse:

do you think sneaking out is ever a problem at hogwarts? like beyond secret passages to hogsmeade for late-night hogsmeade.

imagine there’s this small muggle scottish town not far from hogwarts. just a quick broom hop.

and some especially rambunctious muggleborns…

nubbsgalore:

photos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.

when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”

approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.

cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts

(via brigdh)

Tags: Elephants

imsirius:

DAN: When you do interviews, you’re faced with the choice to either be the most boring person on earth or just get ridiculous things written about you from time to time
JOSH HOROWITZ: Sometimes it might be good to be boring
DAN: It might be but I just get bored of myself

                                [Happy 25th Birthday Daniel Radcliffe! (23 July 1989)]

(via captainofalltheships)

Missing Plane

A plane flying from Burkina Faso has gone missing en route to Algiers.  116 passengers + crew were aboard.

triptone:

Last night my little sister (5th grade) was making an e-mail account

She saw gender and went to click female when she noticed the “other” choice

She looked at me confused and I started to explain that some people don’t think they fit in with strictly male or female

"Oh! You mean like transgender and stuff like that. I was freaked out for a second- I thought they meant robots."

Yet another example the kids are more open-minded than adults

(via lettersfromtitan)

Tags: Trans*

medievalpoc:

mickiperspicacious submitted to medievalpoc:

Hi medievalpoc! Great blog, been following for a while now. It’s really helped me become more aware of diverse representation not only in medieval and Renaissance art, but in all aspects of modern society as well. (As an English teacher, I…

medievalpoc:

distant-relatives-blog:

 The University of Sankoré, or Sankore Masjid is one of three ancient centers of learning located in TimbuktuMaliWest Africa. The three mosques of Sankoré, Djinguereber Mosque and Sidi Yahya compose the famous University of Timbuktu. During the 14th -16th century, Sankore University enrolled more foreigen students than New York University today. 

The Mali Empire gained direct control over the city of Timbuktu in 1324 during the reign of Mansa Kankou Musa also known as Musa I “King of Kings”. He designed and saw the construction of one of Sankore’s first great mosques and the Jingeray Ber Masjid in 1327.The foundations of the previous structure were laid around 988 A.D. on the orders of the city’s chief judge Al-Qadi Aqib ibn Mahmud ibn Umar. A local mandinka lady, esteemed for her wealth, financed his plans to turn Sankoré into a world class learning institution. 

By the end of Mansa Musa’s reign (early 14th century CE), the Sankoré Masjid had been converted into a fully staffed Madrassa (Islamic school or in this case university) with the largest collections of books in Africa since the Library of Alexandria. The level of learning at Timbuktu’s Sankoré University was superior to that of all other Islamic centers in the world. The Sankoré Masjid was capable of housing 25,000 students and had one of the largest libraries in the world with between 400,000 to 700,000 manuscripts.

Today, the intellectual legacy of Timbuktu is neglected in historical discourse. These pages of WORLD history tend to get ripped out.   

Learn more about the surviving manuscripts of the library of Timbuktu and its fate here.

Russian Backed Rebels Looted the Dead

Russian backed Ukrainian rebels looted things like wedding rings and credit cards from the people they murdered when they shot down that civilian plane.  After all, they consider these spoils of war, so running up credit cards of the dead to harm the families is fair game.

snilligurin:

Xu Daoning (970c.-1051) - 1049c. Fishermen’s Evening Song, detail (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, USA) by RasMarley on Flickr.

Tags: Xu Daoning

medievalpoc:

T’oros Roslin 
The T’oros Roslin Gospels: Descent of the Holy Ghost
Armenia (1262)
Illuminated Manuscript, 30 x 21.5 cm.
The Walters Museum

medievalpoc:

T’oros Roslin

The T’oros Roslin Gospels: Descent of the Holy Ghost

Armenia (1262)

Illuminated Manuscript, 30 x 21.5 cm.

The Walters Museum

ancientpeoples:

Model Ankh
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 12
ca. 1981–1802 B.C.

(Source: The Metropolitan Museum)

ancientpeoples:

Model Ankh

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 12
ca. 1981–1802 B.C.